Are You Feeling Angry?
Anger, rage and irritation are completely healthy and normal emotions. It only becomes an issue when the anger gets out of control and causes someone to say or act in a way that negatively affects their life. Anger is not a mental health issue, but a symptom of many different conditions including depression, stress, ADHD, OCD, grief, and intermittent explosive disorder. Our therapists are able to help with anger management in children, teens, adults and seniors.
Symptoms of Anger Problems
Some signs that your anger is not normal include:
An inability to control your anger
Your anger affects your relationships
Feeling that you have to hide or hold in your anger
Persistent negative thoughts
Feeling irritable or impatient
Being or threatening to be physically violent when you’re angry
Feeling compelled to do, or doing, violent or impulsive things
Types of Anger
Expressing anger towards oneself with negative self talk, self harm, self-isolation or stopping yourself from doing things you normally enjoy.
Expressing anger with outward emotions such as shouting, throwing or breaking things, cussing, or becoming abusive to others.
Expressing anger in indirect ways such as giving the silent treatment, making snarky remarks, sulking or being sarcastic.
How Can Anger Management Therapy Help?
Anger and irritability are often symptoms of other mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, unresolved trauma, low self-confidence, and even eating disorders. Therapy may help you uncover the true source of your anger, provide you with techniques to prevent it from reaching uncontrollable levels in the first place, as well as guide you to address the unhelpful thoughts and feelings causing the negative emotions.